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Colostomy irrigation may be an option for you, providing you are a good candidate and can commit the time and effort. Learn if it’s right for you.
If you have a descending or a sigmoid colostomy, there may be a way to “train” your colon to empty at a regular time each day. It’s called irrigation, and it’s something you should only do after your doctor has assessed that you are a good candidate.
Benefits of colostomy irrigation
If irrigation is right for you, it offers several advantages. People report the following benefits to colostomy irrigation:
How colostomy irrigation works
Colostomy irrigation is similar to an enema with water being placed in your stoma. After you’ve been assessed by your healthcare team, you’ll be taught how to perform irrigation at home. Here’s how it works:
Your ostomy care nurse can help you determine exact timing for irrigation, and how often it should be done. Daily or every other day is common.
Is colostomy irrigation right for you? Four things to consider.
Routine irrigation is done on doctor’s orders, and is not appropriate for people with a urostomy or ileostomy. If you’re interested in colostomy irrigation, it is very important that you talk with your healthcare professional or ostomy care nurse for more information.
Four things to consider:
Again, check with your doctor or ostomy nurse if you want to learn more. Irrigation is not for everyone with a colostomy.
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